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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before February 11, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Colleen Hamric Fay Hamric 1283 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Virginia Beatrice Yeager Charles Scott Yeager 945 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Bonnie Drake Harry Drake 4732 US Hwy 33E
Glenville, WV 26351
Dessie Louise Wolfe Gary Lloyd Wolfe PO Box 353
Glenville, WV 26351
Goldie M. Holmes Frankie Tomblin Jr. 242 Ridgeway Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Carol E. Kimble Elizabeth C. Dorsey
Janet L. Beach
4865 Sourth Ridge Rd, Wise, VA 24293
8496 75th Court, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Herman F. Nutter Lillian Onidee Nutter 4648 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : December 13, 2018

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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before November 19, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Nelson Reed Peggie M. Nielson 16703 Hasina Knoll Drive
Cypress, TX 77429
James Watson Conrad Tim Conrad 2385 Turkey Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Arnold J. Smith Roselea Darlene Sprouse PO Box 224
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : September 20, 2018

G-CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County Moving Forward

CELLULAR AND INTERNET SERVICE IS EXPANDING IN GILMER COUNTY!!!!

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Woodford Enterprises, LLC (Owners: Lance and Travis Woodford) have announced a new cell tower is being built on land they own in Sand Fork, WV.

The land is located behind the Sand Fork Baptist Church Parsonage.

TowerCo, a company from Cary, North Carolina, will own the tower and have stated their first provider is T-Mobile.

Their intention is to provide space for as many cell company providers as possible.

Upon completion, the tower will provide expanded cellular and mobile broadband service to the Sand Fork area.

This expanded coverage not only benefits residents in the area.

It also benefits emergency services as well.

TowerCo stated the tower should be operational in November 2018.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before October 15, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Constance Ables Patricia Murphy 229 Jakes Run Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Billy Bennett Robert D. Bennett 4360 North Central Ave
Kellyton, AL 35089
Hoy Creed Barton Brenda Kay McCartney 786 Newberne Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Bernice J. Brady William Brady 1028 Turkey Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Michael L. Lattea Sheriff Larry Gerwig 10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 7374 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
James L. Huffman Ruth A. Huffman 952 South Main Street
Burnsville, WV 26335
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 711 Flower Road
Cedarville, WV 26611
Philip D. Skidmore Osha Crouch 379 Bone Creek Road
Berea, WV 26327
Jesse A. Keith Carolynn A. Keith 254 Dusk Camp Run Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : August 16, 2018

Welcome Back to School and College - Students, Teacher, and Staff - 2018-2019

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2018-2019

Run times are approximate and subject to change.
All Students need to be at designated bus stop
at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick up.

GLENVILLE AREA

#65 Darrel Ramsey
MORNING EVENING
7:05 County Line 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Robert’s Service Center 3:37 GCHS
7:35 River Street 3:42 Mineral Road
7:45 Sycamore Road 3:47 Sycamore Road
7:50 Mineral Road 3:57 River Street
7:55 GCHS 4:12 Roberts Service Station
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 County Line
#69 John Isenhart
MORNING EVENING
7:15 Trace Fork 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:25 Tanner School 3:33 Watch Me Grow Daycare
7:37 Mouth of Third Run 3:35 Main Street (Elem. Only)
7:50 GCHS 3:39 GCHS
7:55 Main Street (Elem. Only) 3:55 Mouth of Third Run
7:58 Watch Me Grow Daycare 4:07 Tanner School
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Trace Fork
#66 Steven Louk
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork

SAND FORK AREA

#67 Glen Greathouse
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Turkey Fork Turnaround 3:27 GCHS
7:12 Tolar Fork Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Dusk Camp Turnaround 3:47 Duck Run Turnaround
7:34 Low Gap 3:57 Edna Street
7:40 Edna Street 4:03 Low Gap
7:50 Duck Run Turnaround 4:11 Turkey Fork Turnaround
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Tolar Fork Turnaround
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#74 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Gilmer Straight 3:27 Gilmer Elementary (Load Elementary)
7:00 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary (H.S. Transfer #73)
7:18 Sliding Turnaround 3:42 Mud Lick
7:35 Lynch Run Turnaround 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:40 Mud Lick 4:04 Sliding Turnaround
7:50 Gilmer Elementary 4:22 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:20 Ellis 3:35 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Hub Cab Corner 3:40 VanHorn Drive
7:37 Hacker Run 4:00 Hacker Run
7:57 VanHorn Drive 4:07 Hub Cap Corner
8:02 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:32 Right Fork Ellis
#62 Eric Martin
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rocky Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:21 Indian Fork 3:30 Main Street (H.S. Only)
7:24 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge) 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Mouth of Ellis 4:03 Mouth of Ellis
7:57 Gilmer Elementary 4:10 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge)
8:04 Main Street (H.S.Only) 4:13 Indian Fork
8:07 GCHS 4:34 Rocky Fork

NORMANTOWN AREA

#63 Chris Stewart
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 GCHS
7:30 Stumptown 3:57 Normantown
7:35 Lockney 4:02 Lockney
7:40 Normantown 4:07 Stumptown
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:19 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd.
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd.
#75 Jennifer Prince
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Cedarville Store 3:27 GCHS
7:06 Leather Bark 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Little Bull Run (Turnaround) 3:47 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:28 Cedar Creek State Park 3:57 Head of Spruce
7:35 Head of Spruce Run 4:04 Cedar Creek State Park
7:45 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:14 Little Bull (Keysucker’s Turnaround)
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:26 Leather Bark
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Cedarville Store
#66 Steven Louk
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Turn at Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork
#70 Robbie Bee
MORNING EVENING
7:07 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:12 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:17 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:23 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:30 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:40 Mouth of Grass Run 3:57 Normantown
7:48 Mouth of Cedar Creek 3:59 Steer Run Church
7:54 Brooklyn 4:06 Mouth of Popular Lick
7:57 GCHS 4:16 Mouth of Cross Cut
8:07 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Mouth of Flat Run
#76 Emary Frymier
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:07 Shock 3:37 GCHS
7:16 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:05 Mouth of Grass Run
7:21 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:32 Mouth of Grass Run 4:15 Aunt Minnie’s Farm
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Shock
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Rosedale

TROY AREA

#71 Kelvin Sprouse
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Head of Big Run 3:27 GCHS
6:54 End of Coning’s Straight 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:12 Mouth of Hemlock Road 3:45 Dowell (Transfer w/#72)
7:19 Leading Creek Elementary 4:03 Leading Creek Elementary
7:37 Dowell (Transfer w #72) 4:10 Mouth of Hemlock
7:47 Gilmer Elementary 4:28 End of Coning’s Straight
7:55 GCHS 4:37 Head of Big Run
#73 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:52 Mouth of Newberne 3:27 GCHS
6:56 JEllis Road 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:04 Newberne 3:47 Messenger Run
7:09 Newberne & Rt. 47 Intersection 3:54 Leading Creek Elementary
7:17 Cox’s Mills 4:02 Troy
7:30 Troy 4:10 Cox’s Mills
7:37 Leading Creek Elementary 4:20 Newberne & Rt. 47 Intersection
7:48 Messenger Run 4:30 Newberne
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:38 Ellis Road
8:10 GCHS 4:42 Mouth of Newberne
#72 Todd Stewart
MORNING EVENING
6:52 Cox’s Mills 3:29 Leading Creek Elementary
7:02 Auburn 3:42 Baldwin Church
7:13 Lower Horn Creek 3:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ #71)
7:37 Dowell (Transfer w/ # 71) 4:11 Lower Horn Creek
7:42 Baldwin Church 4:22 Auburn
7:55 Leading Creek Elementary 4:32 Cox’s Mills
   

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before September 17, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Lora Faye Tomblin Pamela Tomblin Ours 988 Point Drive
Petersburg, WV 26847
Myrtle C. McCartney Roberts Susan Bennett PO Box 875
Craigsville, WV 26205
David C. Pritt Beverly J. Pritt PO Box 84
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Wanda Champion Jordan Joseph Anthony Andricci
Stephanie Marie Bowers
PO Box 576, Troy, WV 26443
PO Box 755, Fayetteville, WV 25840
Kenneth Lee Page Jr. Daniel Lee Page 355 Delight Drive
Normantown, WV 25267
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 7374 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
John Michael Peters Tonya Renee Peters 952 South Main Street
Burnsville, WV 26335


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : July 14, 2018

GSC Awards Scholarships to Gilmer County Student

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Glenville State College student Samantha Lamb of Sand Fork has been awarded the Fred H. and Lucy Francis Killingsworth Scholarship and the John C. Shaw Scholarship from the GSC Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic school year. She will be majoring in English and is the daughter of Tracy Rexroad.

The Fred H. and Lucy Francis Killingsworth scholarship fund was established to be used for educational purposes and granted to worthy students chosen by the Glenville State College Scholarship Committee. Preference is given to students who reside in Gilmer County, West Virginia.

The John C. Shaw Scholarship was established in 1985 by John C. Shaw, who was the President of Glenville State College from 1901-1908. This scholarship is awarded to academically talented freshmen from West Virginia.

“The Glenville State College Foundation is excited to be able to award scholarships to these very deserving students,” said Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the GSC Foundation David Hutchison. “Our extended Glenville State family has been very generous which makes our impact that much more meaningful. From our Day of Giving to our new crowdfunding campaigns - I am truly impressed and grateful to our donors, their families, and all who have stepped up to make more opportunities for current students.”

For more information about Glenville State College Scholarships, contact the GSC Foundation at 304.462.6380.

Gilmer County Native Recognized as Distinguished Business Student

The Glenville State College Department of Business recently announced its list of Distinguished Business Students for 2018. Recognition of these top twenty business students is based on multiple criteria including academic achievement, class rank, campus involvement, and leadership in department classes and programs.

Additionally, some students are recognized for specific departmental awards.

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GSC Associate Professor of Business Administration Dr. Dwight Heaster (left) with Julie Bishop


Julie Bishop of Glenville, West Virginia was recognized as a Distinguished Business Student.

Bishop is a business management major and is earning a minor in psychology.

She has been previously recognized as a Distinguished Business Student, athlete of the week multiple times, and is part of the 2018 Women’s Mountain East Conference Championship team.

After graduation, Bishop plans to obtain her MBA with a focus in healthcare administration, get licensed to be a healthcare administrator, and then get a full time position with a successful company.

For more information on the event or the GSC Department of Business, call 304.462.4123.

Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election

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Students Named to Fall 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Fall 2017 semester have been announced.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Barbour County: Shania D. Pennington

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Ally K. Brown

Braxton County: Lucas T. Bonnett, Leslee R. Coffman, Garrett E. Hacker, Christian M. Pritt, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin

Calhoun County: Moriah J. CreelFox, Sr., Emily L. Snyder, Laura A. Webb

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County: Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

Gilmer County: Preston M. Allison, Tara S. Evans, Madisyn A. Furr, Lauren D. Hardman, Janeeva J. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Dalton A. Law, Brianna N. Ratliff, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Harrison County: Hannah M. Mick, Megan E. Ruppert, Mariah D. Wilson

Jefferson County: Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Jesse “Austin” Broussard, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Justin P. Raines, John F. Riley, IV, Arikka M. Smith, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard

Mercer County: Anna M. Lusk

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Jessica R. Bird, Marlyn S. Donelson, Madison R. Frame, Morgan P. Francis, Elizabeth M. Messer, Autumn R. Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer

Pocahontas County: Tessa A. Jordan

Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne

Raleigh County: Scarlett A. Farley

Roane County: Brianna N. Deel, Sabrina R. Gonzalez

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Webster County: Bryce M. McCourt

Wirt County: Jacob T. Braniff, Kia N. Sleesman

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Madison M. Gargus, Jake W. Hensell, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, John F. Routzahn, Brian S. Williams

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To be named to the Vice President’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the Vice President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Barbour County: Jacob M. Price

Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Desiree R. Payne, Brianna A. Shivers

Boone County: Gregory I. Lail

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Bridget D. Carr, Kathryn L. Dean, Jessica S. Ellis, Sean R. Hawkins, Kendra K. Houghton, Taylor C. Johnson, Madison S. Oney, Hannah Rexroad, Johnathon B. Shreve, Jacob A. Stout, Forrest A. Taylor, Brittany V. White, Shanna S. Wine, Baylea E. Woodward

Cabell County: Jaycee N. Daniels

Calhoun County: Cassandra D. Lamont, Johnathan X. Taylor, Lindsey N. Webb, Holly L. Wilson

Clay County: Kaitlyn O. Coleman, Carrie G. Huffman, Andrea P. Litton, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Gracen H. Samples, Seth M. Stover

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Travis C. Myers

Gilmer County: Jacob A. Arden, Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Chandler B. Ferguson, Thomas L. Gilco, Daniel P. Hedges, Matthew M. Montgomery, Adam H. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Jennifer A. Nicholas, Analysse N. Petty, Lexsey A. Robertson, Carter L. Springer, Sebastian T. Swartz, Kerri C. Swiger, Elania N. White, Halee N. Wildman, Carissa M. Wood

Grant County: Ryan W. Colaw, Larissa A. Henry, William M. Pennington

Greenbrier County: Caleb S. Bennett, Tyler D. Canterbury, Tiffany Fitzwater, Myka K. Perry

Hampshire County: Emily P. Landis, Brittany L. Maphis

Hardy County: Shannon R. Hahn

Harrison County: Abby S. McCarty, Joshua T. McNemar, Lia Runyan

Jackson County: Chelsey G. Hager, Larissa Hayman, Courtney N. Lanham, Evan D. Merical, Haylie M. Reynolds

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey

Kanawha County: Jacob T. Lutsy, Kelsey J. Naylor, Amanda S. Thurm

Lewis County: Mariah B. Beam, Stephen C. Boyer, Kaitlin L. Corbtt, Destiny L. Grimes, Taylor R. McClain, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher, Alec G. Maynard

Marion County: Victoria D. Francis, Morgan P. Hardesty

Mason County: Anthony J. Howard

Morgan County: Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Danielle L. Bartlett, Thomas J. Bennett, Jacob M. Cogar, Hannah N. Gladwell, Daniel A. Hinger, William Z. Lyons, Anthony W. Mayes, Eric W. Peyatt, Daniel M. Proctor, Justin K. Rader, Montique L. Roberts, Mark H. Sanson, William C. Womack

Pendleton County: Chase M. Simmons

Pocahontas County: Lyndsee L. Gay, Matthew J. Rao

Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse

Putnam County: Shawn D. Arthur, Sarah N. Lines, Michael A. Null

Raleigh County: Jacob Coots, Britteny D. Durham, William T. Harper, Andrue J. Hughart, Michael A. Layne

Ritchie County: Olivia D. Goff, Cali B. Hayes, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Haley K. Cottrill, Noel R. Gonzalez, Savannah M. Harper, Kimberly M. Lee, Cassidy M. Taylor, Alyce A. Titus, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine I. Chambers, Brody R. Strawderman

Tyler County: Miranda M. Taylor

Upshur County: James B. Carson, Austin R. Curry, Heather A. Gregory, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: Taylor N. Brumfield

Wetzel County: Cameron L. Cross, James E. Goddard II, Colton L. Ring

Wood County: Taylor A. Broadwater, Hannah M. Dennis, Gabrielle R. Dye, Kelly J. Trippett

Wyoming County: Stephanie G. Brooks, Christian B. Hedinger, Hunter S. Simmons

Out of State: Asiah E. Alexander, Alyssa M. Banks, James C. Boswell, Natalie C. Castillo, Qianjiao Chen, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Bhrea C. Griffin, De’Angelo V. Hunt Andrea M. Kimble, Julia E. Lindberg, Paris M. McLeod, Alysia M. Maguellal, Jacob T. Ngangum, Zoe A. Nicastro, Tatah S. Njoka, Diori R. Pattison, Catherine L. Pelfrey, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Taylor B. Skidmore, Jason A. Suggs, Michael J. Weathers, Hayley N. Wolff

Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct

Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations.

This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference in New York, demanding that Congress take action.

We speak with one of them: Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant for North Carolina and from Gilmer County, WV when Trump owned the pageant.

We are also joined by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and we play an excerpt from the Brave New Films documentary “16 Women and Donald Trump.”


The Transcript:

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women. This is New York’s Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaking Monday on CNN.

SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: President Trump should resign. These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Senator Gillibrand joins Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden in calling on President Trump to step down. Meanwhile, 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Working Group are also calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations against Trump.

AMY GOODMAN: This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment held a news conference in New York on Monday, demanding Congress take action. The women shared accounts in which they said Trump groped, fondled and forcibly kissed them. Monday’s news conference was held by Brave New Films, which released the documentary 16 Women and Donald Trump in November.

JILL HARTH: He groped me. He absolutely groped me. And he just slipped his hand there, touching my private parts.

TEMPLE TAGGART: He turned to me and embraced me and gave me a kiss on the lips. And I remember being shocked and—because I would have just thought to shake somebody’s hand. But that was his first response with me.

JESSICA LEEDS: It was a real shock when all of the sudden his hands were all over me. But it’s when he started putting his hand up my skirt, and that was it. That was it.

KRISTIN ANDERSON: The person on my right, who, unbeknownst to me at that time, was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt. He did touch my ###### through my underwear.

LISA BOYNE: As the women walked across the table, Donald Trump would look up under their skirt and, you know, comment on whether they had underwear or didn’t have underwear. I didn’t want to have to walk across the table. I wanted to get out of there.

KARENA VIRGINIA: Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I felt intimidated, and I felt powerless.

MINDY McGILLIVRAY: Melania was standing right next to him when he touched my butt.

JESSICA DRAKE: When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission. After that, I received another call from either Donald or a male calling on his behalf, offering me $10,000. His actions are a huge testament to his character, that of uncontrollable misogyny, entitlement and being a sexual assault apologist.

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: I’m, you know, sitting there in my robe and having, you know, my makeup and hair done and everything, and he comes walking in. And I was just like, “Oh, my goodness!” Like what is he doing back here? I saw him walk into the dressing room.

TASHA DIXON: He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked. Waltzing in, when we’re naked or half-naked, in a very physically vulnerable position.

SUMMER ZERVOS: And he came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me towards him. He then grabbed my shoulder, and he began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast. And I said, “Come on, man. Get real.” He repeated my words back to me—”Get reeeeeal”—as he began thrusting his genitals.

AMY GOODMAN: That’s an excerpt from the documentary 16 Women and Donald Trump. The women are now calling for a congressional investigation into sexual misconduct by President Trump. Last year, several Republican lawmakers distanced themselves from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign following the release of the 2005 videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women.

Trump responded this morning on Twitter to the allegations, writing, quote, “Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia—so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.

Well, for more, we’re joined by Samantha Holvey, former Miss North Carolina. She was a U.S.—Miss USA contestant in the pageant that Trump owned. She’s one of the 16 women who has accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, and she spoke out at the news conference on Monday.

Welcome, Samantha, to Democracy Now!

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: So, you just—we just played the video, of which you’re a part. Can you talk about your experience of Donald Trump and then what he’s saying—”I don’t know them, I never met them”?

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: So, the first time I met Donald Trump, we were in New York City doing a media tour, all 51 of the Miss USA contestants. And we were at Trump Tower. They lined us all up, and so he could meet all of us. And I’m thinking this is going to be a meet and greet, you know, lots of eye contact. That was not the case at all. He walks by, and by every one of us, or at the very least me. He just looked me up and down like I was a piece of meat. There was no “Hi. How are you doing? Are you excited to be here?” None of that. I was just a piece of meat that was his property. And I thought, “Oh, goodness. I hope I never have to deal with him again. I don’t want to be around him.”

And then finals night rolls around. And I’m, you know, in hair and makeup. I’ve got curlers in my hair, nothing but a robe on. I’m just 20 years old. And he comes waltzing in to hair and makeup and is just looking around, not talking to us, asking us how we’re doing. And by the way, you know, Miss USA was not my first pageant. I’ve been—I’ve competed in other pageants. And the directors, no men were ever backstage. So this is not something that happens.

So, I see him walk in to hair and makeup, and he’s looking us all over. And then he waltzed right into the dressing room, where we have two big security guards making sure that nobody but female contestants and chaperones are allowed in there. But he walks right on in.

And to hear him talking about he’s never met any of us—you know, this is what happens every year. It wasn’t just 2006. He bragged about this on Howard Stern. And silly me, I should have been watching Howard Stern, because he bragged about it the year before I competed at Miss USA. So this was a known thing that he did. And so, it’s just amazing to call me a liar, when I’m just verifying his own words.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders responded to the allegations against Trump during Monday’s press briefing. This is what she said.

PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: As the president said himself, he thinks it’s a good thing that women are coming forward. But he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn’t determine the course. And in this case, the president has denied any of these allegations, as have eyewitnesses. And several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the president’s claim in this process. And again, the American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in that process.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Samantha, your response to Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement? Also, you initially raised these allegations, as did many of the women, last year during the campaign. What’s the change now, the decision now to come to this press conference yesterday?

SAMANTHA HOLVEY: You know, it was a tough decision to come back out, because I did get a lot of backlash last year when I spoke out, and so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through all of that again. But when the—the idea was that all of us would come together, that all 16 women would come together, and seeing us as a group, seeing us there supporting each other, as well as telling our stories, there’s power in numbers. And that’s what I was just hoping, that maybe this year it would be different, since the climate is different.

AMY GOODMAN: Yesterday, I went to the news conference, Samantha. You were there, along with Jessica Leeds, a woman who says Donald Trump attacked her, sitting next to her in first class in a plane, groping her, until she got up and left. And this is Rachel Crooks, who also spoke at the news conference with you, who said Trump forcibly kissed her, against her will, in 2005.

RACHEL CROOKS: About 12 years ago, as a young receptionist in Trump Tower, I was forcibly kissed by Mr. Trump during our first introduction. Mr. Trump repeatedly kissed my cheeks, and ultimately my lips, in an encounter that has since impacted my life well beyond the initial occurrence, in feelings of self-doubt and insignificance I had.

Unfortunately, given Mr. Trump’s notoriety and the fact that he was a partner of my employers, not to mention the owner of the building, I felt there was nothing I could do. Given this hostile work environment, my only solution at the time was to simply avoid additional encounters with him.

I do realize that, in the grand scheme of things, there are far worse cases of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. But make no mistake: There is no acceptable level of such behavior.

That some men think they can use their power, position or notoriety to demean and attack women speaks to their character, not ours, which, believe me, is a tough lesson learned. In my case, I only felt the redemption of knowing it was not my own flaws to blame, when I read the account of Temple Taggart, whose story had so mirrored my own that I finally felt absolved of the guilt that I had somehow projected an image that made me an easy target. Instead, this was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump.

AMY GOODMAN: Rachel Crooks. Now, Donald Trump has just fired back this morning on tweet. Five senators have called for him to resign. He fired back at New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, after she joined the four other senators and at least 56 lawmakers in the House who have called for a congressional investigation into the sexual misconduct accusations against him. This morning, Trump tweeted, “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

I want to bring—I want to bring Cecile Richards into this conversation, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, CEO of the organization, as well. As you listen to Samantha and Rachel, some of the 16 women who have accused Donald Trump, and then see what he is tweeting today, attacking the senators, particularly the female senator, of the five—

CECILE RICHARDS: Correct.

AMY GOODMAN: —who are calling for him to resign, with sexual innuendo in his tweet, your thoughts?

CECILE RICHARDS: Well, first, I just think Samantha is extraordinarily brave, and the other 15 women, because you can see now why women don’t come forward. I think, obviously, it’s time for an investigation of Donald Trump. And the fact that he is in fact going after women, I think, is going to embolden women. I mean, you know, as difficult as this is to experience, the outpouring of women now supporting each other and telling their stories is like nothing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, including women that we see at Planned Parenthood.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the impacts across the spectrum in terms of Washington itself, in terms of lawmakers now, as more and more calls for investigations of individual lawmakers are occurring.

CECILE RICHARDS: Right. Well, I think this is—I mean, the story that Amy refers to this morning of now women in Congress finally saying, who have been—you know, have basically suffered this kind of treatment for their entire careers, are now saying it’s time to investigate this, and holding people to a standard, is incredibly important. I don’t think any of us saw this happening. And ironically, I believe the president is actually encouraging more women to now stand up and come forward, particularly—and I’m sorry that he said this about Samantha—the fact that he’s actually saying that he doesn’t even know who these women are, trying to essentially erase them in every way. And it’s because women are saying “Enough” and standing with each other that I think we’re going to see change.

Gilmer County Natives Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Two Gilmer County natives have recently completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

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Morgan Allen of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and General Math-Algebra I (5-9) at Gilmer County Elementary and Gilmer County High School with Kim Cottrill and Kelly Barr. Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Glen and Kay Allen of Normantown.

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Tonya Lyons of Sand Fork completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Lewis County High School and Robert L. Bland Middle School with Doug Seckman and Sarah Lough. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of David and Roseanna Lyons of Sand Fork.

Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

These students participated in GSC’s December Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 09.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

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Patty Jane (Ratliff) Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Turkey Fork Road, Sand Fork, WV; went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on August 13, 1937 in Sutton, WV; daughter of the late Dasiel Ratliff [....]  Read More

Thomas Jefferson Luzader

The Free Press WVAge 98 of 33 Gateway Lane,Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday January 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM; at Genesis Health Care Center following an extended illness. Tommy was born September 12, 1920 in Glenville WV.  He was the son of the late Raymond and Melva Danley Luzader [ .... ]  Read More

Mike Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on January 09, 2019 at the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Grantsville, WV on May 31, 1962, and was the son of the late Don Miller and Greta Hope Johnson Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Jimmie George Smith

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Sand Fork, WV, unexpectedly went to be with his Lord at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 27, 2018. He was born in Ravenna, OH on March 15, 1942 a son of the late George Clark Smith and Ella Mae Jeffries Smith Jewart [....]  Read More

Helen Regina Garton Jett

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly at 4:53 PM on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born in Jane Lew, WV on March 04, 1943 a daughter of the late Brent Orville and Iris Maude Wymer Garton [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Wayne Smarr

The Free Press WVAge 53 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born April 23, 1965 in Braxton County, WV, son of Dora Reed Smarr of Glenville, and the late Murl Junior Smarr [ .... ]  Read More

Lulu Elaine Sprouse Morris

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Cox’s Mills, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV,  went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her residence on Garfield Run Road with her loving husband and daughters by her side. She was born February 24, 1936 in Lockney, WV, daughter of the late Edgar Lytle & Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Goldie Marie Holmes

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sand Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston. She was born August 01, 1944, in Sutton,WV,  the daughter of the late Minter & Rhoda Lewis Cottrill [....]  Read More

Stephen Blair Marks

The Free Press WVAge 77, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018, at Pomerene Hospital Millersburg, OH. He was born June 18, 1941, in Sandfork, WV. The youngest of 13, son of the late John Marks & Nellie (Burkhammer) Marks [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Ann Jones

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tumbling Run Road, Burnsville, WV (Gilmer County, WV) departed this life to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of Tuesday, September04, 2018 at her daughters residence surrounded by her loving family. Born March 28, 1938 in Barbour County, WV; Shirley is the daughter of the late Howard L. and Susie E. Corbin Love [ .... ]  Read More

Colleen Fern (Flint) Hamric

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Sand Fork, WV peacefully left this world on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, WV. She was born in Braxton, Braxton County, West Virginia on December 27, 1938 to the late Arch and Mary (Cutlip) Flint [ .... ]  Read More

Rena Lue Kelley

The Free Press WVAge 85 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness. Rena was born July 24, 1933 in Braxton County, WV; daughter of the late Willard and Nellie Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Jesse Asa Keith

The Free Press WVAge 89 of Stouts Mills, WV departed this life in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following an extended illness. Born March 06, 1929 in Gilmer County, WV, Asa is the son of the late Opha Lee and Kate Campbell Keith [ .... ]  Read More

James “Pag” Watson Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Gilmer Station, WV, passed away on June 07, 2018 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 02, 1935, in Braxton County, WV to the late Dick Wines and Ann Conrad [....]  Read More

William Richmond Dodd

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Bridgeport, WV departed this life Friday morning, June 01, 2018, in the WV Veterans Nursing Facility surrounded by his family. He was born in Salem, WV on October 08, 1923, the second son of Rev. Clarence O. Dodd and Martha E. Richmond Dodd [....]  Read More

Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Glenville, WV; formerly of Normantown, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born January 23, 1940 at Lockney, WV, Carol is the daughter of the late Edgar Lytle and Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

David Charles Pritt

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Sand Fork, WV, went to be with the lord in the early morning hours of Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born April 19, 1947 in Glenville, WV, David is the son of the late Ralph and Ruby Lamb Pritt [ .... ]  Read More

Lora Faye Tomblin

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness. Born July 12, 1928 in Gordo, Alabama, Faye is the daughter of the late Andy A. and Lola Mae Pate Webb [....]  Read More

David “Pudder” Wymer

The Free Press WVDuring the quiet moments before sunrise on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, as the birds were just beginning to sing, David “Pudder” Wymer, 47, was turned out to greener pastures from his farm in Orlando, WV, where he was a devoted and hard-working farmer and caretaker of the land [ .... ]  Read More

Terry Huffman

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sumerco, was born August , 1950, at Alkol, a son of the late James Dolliver and Marie Griffith Huffman. He departed this life on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his residence [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Tomey

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Genesis Health Car, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born October 21, 1946 in Linn, WV. Charles is the son of the late Howard and Eva Leeson Tomey [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Baker

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Pennsboro, WV (Little Beason Community), departed this life on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Following her courageous battle with cancer. Betty was born February 12, 1943, in Sand Fork, WV (Gilmer County) a daughter of the late Oda and Eva (Casto) Collins [....]  Read More

John Michael “Mike” Peters

The Free Press WVAge 53, was turned out to greener pastures just before sunrise on Friday morning, March 16, 2018 from his family farm on Sand Fork Road in Linn, WV.  On July 01, 1964 God looked down upon the earth and thought, “They need another farmer, a caretaker of the land.” So he sent a son to Earl Cleo Peters of Glenville and the late Lena Elizabeth Persinger Peters, who raised him to fulfill that role [ .... ]  Read More

Betty J. Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Cedarville, WV, went to be with her lord and savior on the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her residence with her loving children by her side. Born August 21, 1934 in Boone County, WV, Betty is the daughter of the late Rex and Virginia Sigmond Ulbrich [ .... ]  Read More

Jean Elizabeth Cottrill

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Price Ave. Jane Lew, WV passed away at 11:58 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew, where she resided for the last four years. She was born in McWhorter, WV on December 26, 1922 a daughter of the late Fred Bernice Miller and Sara Francis King Miller [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Ann Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life at 6:44 PM; Sunday, March 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 22, 1968 in Weston, WV, Shirley is the daughter of the late Oscar Dennison and Martha Alice Riffle [....]  Read More

Mary B. Lee

The Free Press WV Age 91 of Manassas, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on January 21, 2018. Mary was born in Sand Fork, West Virginia, and graduated from Sand Fork High School with seven other grads. She entered Glenville State College in 1946 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and Business Education [....]  Read More

James B. “Bud” Spaur

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life suddenly on the afternoon of Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Sand Fork. Born September 22, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV, Bud is the son of the late Charles D. and Retha Gregory Spaur.  [ .... ]  Read More

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The Free Press WV Age 52 of Charleston, WV, departed this earthly life to join his daddy in heaven on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Clyde was born on November 22, 1965 in Weston, WV, son of Harold and Betty Blankenship Lowther of Cedarville, WV and the late Clyde Parsons [....]  Read More

Linda L. Greenlief Nolan

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Readers' Recent Comments

During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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